It is almost inexcusable that I have been using a mascara for longer than six months without waxing lyrical about it on here, but such is the situation these days. It used to be I'd try a product for a week and already be jotting down notes on what I liked and didn't like about it. These days I shut my eyes for a second to gather my thoughts and six weeks whirl by. Is this what getting older is all about? Does time speed up once you hit the age of 23? Is there some kind of inter-dimensional conspiracy going on, or have I been watching too much Doctor Who?
Anyway. I seem to remember Maybelline launched their Lash Sensational mascara around the same time Benefit launched their supposedly ground-breaking Roller Lash mascara. I tried the latter as a magazine freebie, and it was...okay. A very basic mascara with a nice brush. In the interest of science (!) I tried the Maybelline one alongside it and drew the same conclusions - very basic, same old formula, but with a decent brush. Both mascaras soon fell by the wayside (or down the back of my make up unit, as is wont to happen).
Then, quite by chance, I was browsing Boots one day when I spotted Maybelline had brought out a waterproof version and it was on special offer. Well, right there are two things I can never resist when it comes to mascaras, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof mascara soon found its way into my make up bag, where it has stayed ever since.
Last year I proclaimed this Rimmel mascara to be the best thing since sliced bread, but it did require a couple of weeks of waiting once opened to reach its best consistency for application. The Maybelline mascara doesn't need this period of time to thicken up - it works really well from the moment you untangle that awful sticky plastic stuff that companies seem to like using to package their wares (if you're a company reading this - please don't. Just don't ever use that stuff again. Thanks). I apply a couple of coats after curling my lashes, and it lasts all day with nary a smudge to be seen. It's even garnered a few compliments along the lines of "are you wearing falsies?", which never fails to make me smile (I am useless at applying false lashes and can count the number of times I've worn them on one hand). It has one of those lovely curved brushes that really helps to fan out your lashes, and it's not too clumpy to use on your bottom lashes as well.
The only downside is this mascara is difficult to remove, as most waterproof mascaras are - however a smidge of oil is all it takes to send the mascara scurrying away down the plughole.
As if my endorsement wasn't enough for you, the lovely Tanya Burr uses this mascara as well and her lashes are stupendous. I can't promise this will make you look like Tanya. but if you're looking for a good long-lasting every day mascara, you can't really go wrong at just £7.99 a tube.
I will update this post with a before and after shot soon, unfortunately one of my eyes is super swollen this week and I can't quite bring myself to share the Quasimodo look on here for you...
Have you tried Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof mascara? Or is there a better mascara out there that's stolen your heart? Let me know!